Ryan Whitney

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  1. Archijerej

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    With many great American talents on defence emerging isn't Ryan Whitney overlooked? He has excellent size and skating, he uses his reach effectively, is smart and calm. And boy, he can handle and pass the puck. I've seen him couple of times lately and he won me, he reminds me a little bit of Vladimir Malakhov (yes, I know, I know, but Malakhov in his prime was an excellent defenceman). There's your future #1 defenceman Pittsburgh fans and he may very well end as the best from E. and J. Johnsons and Ryan Suter. Great kid, an elegant player.
     
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    Yep, he's been very good and has looked better since MT has taking over as coach of the Pens. Like any defenseman, he looks better with structure around him. IMO he plays alot like Tomas Kaberle. He's has elite passing skills and is very mobile. His first pass out of the defensive zone is downright awesome already and he joins the rush well. I wouldn't say that he's very physical but he has learned to make take outs and competes hard. One of the best things about him is his great attitude. He had some flaws coming out of college and has worked on them to improve his game.

    IMO he along with MAF are huge +'s from the lockout. Both just needed that full year in the AHL and have been better for it this year.
     
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    I agree with the Malakhov comparison a lot. I've used it in the past regarding Whitney, actually.
     
  4. Anthony Mauro

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    I seem to remember a certain cheapshot against the Rangers the game before this recent one. He got jacked up by Hollweg real nice yesterday.
     
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    He's great and has been overlooked since he entered the picture here for the simple fact he isn't Jay Bouwmeester or Joni Pitkanen.
     
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    Are we trying to get another thread locked?
     
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    Ranger fans are becoming worse than Flyer fans when it comes to Penguins topics.


    Yeesh.
     
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    I love Whitney since he's an American and he's skilled as hell, but Malakhov in his prime was, in my opinion, one of the most talented players EVER in the game (though his heart was never there which is a shame). Whitney is good, but I don't think he has half the raw skill that Malakhov had in his prime. That is a VERY lofty place to put Whitney. I do like what I have seen from him, though, so far. It's good he's turned the corner after college and improved a ton.
     
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    #66 said:
    I agree but I always thought that you don't have to be a hitter to be a good defensive player. Whitney uses his stick check, smarts and mobility effectively. As you said, he will learn how to play his body better and that's not saying that he's not doing it well already. He'll play a Lidstroem, Jonsson, A.Markov kind of defending but his strenght and reach will give him a bonus.

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    You may be right but Whitney really reminds Malakhov stilistically. Similar skating style, uses his stick to his advantage, doing everything calmly giving you an almost "lazy" impression (well, Malakhov actually was disinterested sometimes). There is no doubt that Vladimir was a GREAT talent.
     
  10. Anthony Mauro

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    How's this even close to locked material? It was in response to Whitney being painted as a great kid and elegant player. I like his skillset, he just pulled a questionable move IMO.
     
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    What does making cheapshot or beating his girlfriend have to do with his hockey ability and potential? Would it make Jagr a less smooth stickhandler?
     
  12. Anthony Mauro

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    He's a good player.

    But "great kid, elegant player" were your exact words as part of his scouting report. Don't ask me, that was all you.
     
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    Are you sure you watched a young, horse of a defenseman like Malakhov and aren't thinking of someone else? Whitney is definately a great prospect, but he really doesn't have close the talent that Vlad had at his disposal. Everyone forgets just how talented Vlad was since he had such a small drive for the game and played like a slug half the time.
     
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    Whitney plays for the penguins, that makes him just a whiner and a horrible player.
     
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    ...with a bad attitude taken right from the owner.
     
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    Yeah, Mario is just a whiner too, and greedy, all he cares about is money.
     
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    And assembling a team full of whiny, diving, cheap-shot artists. I can see it now, Whitney is a cheap-shot artist because several HF insiders agree. Its a defacto fact.
     
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    You can add Malkin to that list too, he's just a dirty player and a whiner as well.
     
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    If only Crosby and Mario had really cool visors I am certain that their attitudes would change.
     
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    What's the matter Penguins? Contributing worthless posts in bunches because your "underappreciated" prospect thread hadn't gotten a post in a day or two?

    Are we trying to get this thread locked?
     
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    That's what we do. When we're not whining, we're getting threads locked. Those are the teachings of Comrade Lemieux.
     
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    vive' la Prucha!
     
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    No, we are just beginning to understand that all the posters who say guys like Crosby and Lemieux are whiners are correct. Both players are totally worthless and we wish the penguins had nothing to do with either of them.
     
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    Maybe they will get some sense knocked into them in KC?
     
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    The flyer fans are the worst and always will be.

    Back to topic.......


    He is very good but needs abit for expierience for other teams to really ''want'' him..
     
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